WDC 2014 news

Langa Cultural Heritage Precinct

Guga S'thebe

The Langa Cultural Heritage Precinct is to be transformed into a vibrant cultural hub.

The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department is revamping the Langa Cultural Heritage Precinct in order to attract more local and international tourists. This World Design Capital project will not only promote local art, culture and design but also provide a welcome boost to economic development in the area.

The International Press Focuses on Cape Town WDC 2014

Container art - Cecile & Boyd Foundation

The Guardian's Lisa Grainger was surprised and delighted by what she found.

In an article titled 'A tour of Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014', Lisa Grainger of The Guardian advises: Forget fancy galleries – in Cape Town, 2014 World Design Capital, the most exciting work is in the townships and once-grungy inner-city areas.

Financial Times: Cape Town - WDC 2014

Crochet Rug by Moonbasket

Alayne Reesberg is quite clear that design isn’t just about the pretty, reports Lucia van der Post in the London Financial Times.

“It’s much more about the gritty,” says the chief of Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital (WDC) for 2014. “It’s about coping with sewage and making the townships safer places, it’s about making it easier for people to get to work. It’s about transforming the lives of citizens.

Cape Town: Spaces That Reflect a City's Soul

Infecting the City - 'people making spaces'

Our motto at the Cape Town Partnership is: ‘People make places,’ writes Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.

"How can a sense of place – and of belonging – be fostered in cities, which, unlike villages, attract much larger and diverse concentrations of people in rapidly changing environments?" ponders Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.

The Mamre Revitalisation Project: #WDC385

Mamre, a Provincial Heritage Site

Local labour preserves the past while the environment is conserved & the community uplifted.

Mamre, a Provincial Heritage Site, has the potential to become one of Cape Town’s premier tourism destinations.

Solms-Delta – Thing of beauty: Indigenous musical instruments

Music van de Caab Centre @ Solms-Delta WDC 2014

The annual ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta on Saturday 22 March will feature replicas of ancient Khoe and San musical instruments.

Those who come to celebrate the Franschhoek Valley harvest at the ATKV Oesfees, the annual rural music feast that takes place on Saturday, will have the chance to listen to, play and even buy replicas of ancient Khoe and San musical instruments.

International Award for Hotel Verde

Award winning Hotel Verde

Recipient of the INTERNORGA Trendsetter Award at a ceremony held at the INTERNORGA Trade Show in Hamburg.

Adding to their growing collection of accolades, Hotel Verde, coined as ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’, has been awarded the INTERNORGA Trendsetter Award at a ceremony held at the INTERNORGA Trade Show in Hamburg.

Preview: CT International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.  

Often referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” – over 40 artists make up a star-studded line up – the festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa.  The Texas-native, Erykah Badu, is being billed as the top headliner for the 15th annual Jazz Festival.

Cape Town Festival 2014

Cape Town Festival

This year the festival on March 21 celebrates Madiba’s legacy.

The Cape Town Festival will celebrate its 15th birthday this year with a Community Vibrations Festival on Human Rights Day, Friday 21 March, dedicated to the legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela and marking our country’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy.

Mayor Signs Agreement for Pioneering Waste-to-energy Pilot Project

JICA signing

Encouraging projects of innovation, creativity and potential – now and in the future.

Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), CFP Corporation, and KANEMIYA Co. Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Pilot Survey for Disseminating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) Technologies for the Conversion of Plastic Waste to Fuel.